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Homemade Corn Tortillas

Total Time
15 mins

A recent visit to the Santa Fe School of Cooking ( reminded us how amazing–and easy–homemade tortillas can be (try them with our Spicy Lamb Tacos). You’ll need a tortilla press ($29.95;

 2 cups masa harina
 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Step 1

Put masa harina and salt (if using) in a bowl and slowly add 1 1/4 cups hot tap water, stirring until dough becomes a ball. Knead a few times. Shape into ten 1 3/4-in. balls and cover with plastic wrap until needed.

Step 2

Line a tortilla press with 2 circles of thick plastic (cut from a resealable plastic bag). Press a ball between plastic to make a 6 1/2-in. tortilla.

Step 3

Toast tortilla on a lightly oiled hot griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium heat, turning once, until speckled brown, 4 minutes. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm.